In case you didn't know, New Zealand has their own race season.

Another great season of New Zealand mountain biking has come to an end and NZ MTB Crown has announced the overall champions, as well as the top club/team's and bike brands. This year NZ MTB Crown events saw over 5000 riders competing across 134 events within the four disciplines of Enduro, Downhill, Cross Country and Cyclo Cross.  

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May 12, 2015

North American Enduro Tour GO Enduro is the first stop on the 2015 North American Enduro Tour, a 9-stop tour that showcases some of the best athletes in the world, while maintaining a ranking structure highlighting this ever-growing mountain bike discipline. NAED strives to provide the best experience possible for junior and amateur athletes, in the hopes of increasing the talent pool of North American all-mountain riders.  

It was an epic start of the season for the EWS, being part of Crankworx Rotorua in New zealand. The riders have found a really rough rooty terrain over a 70km loop finishing in Crankworx DH area. A really intense day over 7 stages that all riders would have to cover. Fab arrived with a very positive feeling. "it is a very different terrain than what I found in my last race in Chile. from to dry dustry and rocky terrain to mud and roots... that is ENDURO" Fab laughing.

Small in stature but big in presence, 2013 Enduro World Series Champion Jerome Clementz had to sit a majority of the 2014 season out due to injury. Patiently waiting and watching as the worlds best battled it out for the title that once was his, Clementz diligently studied, prepared and fortified his motivation for the following year. As the 2015 season rapidly approached the former champion, without recent comparison to fellow competitor could only hope and assume he had prepared enough to...

With the reigning World Whip-Off Champion, Finn Iles, sidelined by injury and serving as a judge, Californian Ryan "R-Dog" Howard rocked up and walked away with a win. "I've never really won anything, so it's pretty huge for me. I'm stoked," said HOWARD. Howard will also compete in the Mons Royale Dual Speed & Style on Thursday and hangs with the best of the Slopestyle gravity scene. The Whip-Off, he says, suits his riding style.  

Heat, dust, headwinds and a mechanical hiccup could not prevent Swiss Christoph Sauser and Czech Jaroslav Kulhavy from winning Stage 5 of the Absa Cape Epic from Worcester to Wellington on Friday – their fourth stage win of the 2015 race. The Investec-Songo-Specialized combination now have an overall lead of more than 10 minutes and it seems only very bad luck – a crash, illness or a serious mechanical issue – can prevent them from winning the event, Sauser for a landmark fifth time.

A transition stage on the Absa Cape Epic – from one race village host town to another – is sometimes regarded as being easier, but Wednesday's 128km Stage 3 from Elgin Valley to Worcester was "very rough and really sandy", according to race leader Christoph Sauser. Riders further back in the field also spent several hours battling in baking heat as the temperature steadily ticked up towards the 30ºC mark.

In a day of drama, Christoph Sauser Monday laid down a significant marker in his bid to become the first person to win the Absa Cape Epic five times. The Swiss master and his Czech teammate Jaroslav Kulhavy (Investec-Songo-Specialized) showed great form on the 113km Stage 1 as they overcame a puncture to finish the day almost a minute ahead of Sauser's great rival, Karl Platt of Germany, who is riding with Swiss strongman Urs Huber.

Swiss riders Fabian Giger and Martin Gujan (Novus OMX Pro) sprung something of a surprise as they swept into the yellow zebra jersey in Sunday's Absa Cape Epic Prologue. Most of the big guns kept their powder dry on a day that favoured cross country specialists, but four-times winners Karl Platt and Christoph Sauser were second and third with their teammates. Defending Sasol Women's category champions Ariane Kleinhans of Switzerland and Annika Langvad of Denmark (RECM Specialized) took a...

Good news for Northwave from Andalucia Bike Race, in Spain, one of the most prestigious and spectacular stage races in Mountain Bike (February 22nd – 27th). Slovenian Tanja Zakelj (Polar Trek) clinched two stage wins and claimed the overall second place together with teammate Claudia Galicia, behind Wheeler Pro Team's pair, Ester Suss – Milena Landtwing.  

In a team 1-2 that saw Trek World Racing's George Brannigan and Brook MacDonald claim the gold and silver at the New Zealand National Downhill Championships today in Rotorua, the team also saw the continuation of the title staying 'in house'. Since Justin Leov won the title in 2012, Trek World Racing riders have taken their Sessions to the winner's circle 4 years running.

Szymon Godziek rules victorious at the 9th edition of White Style. Swiftly followed by two Brits, Matt Jones in second and Daryl Brown in third. Next to the massive slopestyle course built from snow, spectators let it rip on the ski slope during The Big (Shr)ED – Fat Bike Battle. An amazing firework show rounded off the winter's evening in Leogang with a bang!  

Michael Vanthourenhout won the gold medal at Cyclocross World Championships, in Tabor (Czech Republic). A week after the overall success in the Cyclocross Under23 World Cup, the Belgian prospect dominated the Worlds' Under 23 race claiming an impressive "double" on Sunday February 1st.  

In just two months the Enduro World Series will head down under to New Zealand for its first race of 2015 – and anyone who wants to be part of this historic event should make sure they have Thursday in their diary.Entries for the first ever Giant Toa Rotorua Enduro, part of the inaugural Crankworx Rotorua, open this Thursday, January 22nd at 9am NZDT. The event is expected to sell out in minutes – and with the race offering amateurs the chance to ride alongside names like Jared Graves, Jerome...

Usually the last press release of the season or that of the new year are put out to announce the Superenduro schedule of the opening season, but not this time. For the very first time in the last eight years, during 2015 no races of the National Superenduro Series will take place. It has been a very tough and painful decision, but it is vital for the existence of the Superenduro itself.  

Northwave closed with a bang the weekend of the Cyclocross National Championships, conquering two prestigious titles in Italy and Belgium, on Sunday January 11th. In Pezze di Greco (Southern Italy), Cannondale Factory's Marco Aurelio Fontana raised his arms on the finishing line after a spectacular solo action, whilst Sunweb – Napoleon Games' Klaas Vantornout earned the Belgian-flag jersey success in Erpe-Mere (Belgium) with an attack in the last lap, beating the fierce competition in the...